More hiking images (s)

Okay, so I finally was able to transfer over the images from my last two trips. The first are from the Bear Creek Loop in Estes Park, CO and it was a 7.5 mile round trip.

Nymph Lake
Nymph Lake

I just wish I had brought my fishing pole. There isn’t any fish in Nymph Lake that I can tell, but up at Lake Haiyaha, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake there were fish.

Me and Kay (Co-Worker)
Me and Kay (Co-Worker)

Co-worker of mine and myself in front of Nymph Lake.

Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is gorgeous and really is an emerald color, even though it’s completely clear. There were actually quite a few people there, which made getting a good shot without people in it chore.

Alex Peak
Alex Peak

Here is Alex Peak as seen from Emerald Lake. Some crazy woman was trying to tell people that this is the peak that Prudential uses as their logo, but they turn it to the left. I quickly informed her that Prudential uses the fucking Rock of Gibraltar, not Alex Peak. Her reply? “Well, they might not use Alex Peak anymore, then.” Stupid bitch.

Kay and me outside Lake Haiyaha
Kay and me outside Lake Haiyaha

Here Kay and I are sitting on the bridge crossing one of the creeks just outside of Lake Haiyaha. Figured it’d be a good picture, and I like how it turned out in that sense. The lighting makes it look like I’m bald or balding and have missing teeth, though…

I couldn’t get the other person who was hiking with us to sit on the bridge. She was too scared to do it, ha! I’m still waiting for her to send me the images she took with both of us in them. Just to be a jerk, I recorded the sound of the creek and took a picture with my cellphone, then sent it to a few of my friends and family who had to work that day instead of dick around on a mountain.

The next two images are from the Plymouth Peak / Red Mesa Loop trip a few days ago.

Me on Plymouth Peak
Me on Plymouth Peak

Here I am on Plymouth Peak over in the Jefferson County Open Space. It’s not very high, compared to what I have been doing. It was a really nice day out and I was able to outrun the storm as I descended. A good, easy hike and taking the Red Mesa Loop makes it a 9 mile round trip, which is really good.

View from Plymouth Peak - Can See Denver
View from Plymouth Peak out toward Denver

Here’s a nice view from Plymouth Peak. You can see out toward Denver. Love the clear views in Colorado.

This coming Sunday I am going to be climbing Quandary Peak, which is the highest peak in the Tenmile Range, but only the 12th highest peak overall here in Colorado. I did Gray’s (9th highest) and Torrey’s (11th highest) a few weeks ago.

Posted 8/23/2010 at 2:35 AM on Xanga

A man climbed a mountain (s)

A long time ago, in a small village tucked away in the hills, a young man climbed the mountains behind his small village.  He did this as a test to prove that he was ready to be a grown man, as did all the other boys in the village.  Knowing little of the rest of the world, because they were settled in such a tiny place, everyone agreed that their mountain was the biggest and tallest of all of them.

After all, all the neighboring peaks were smaller than the one they lived next to.  Even others who would come to stop by the tiny village marveled at the height at which the mountain rose above them.  So, with great pride the villagers would send their youth up to the very peak in order to prove their worth.

Having been successful, the youth was expected to now help out the village by becoming a man that would bring them a constant high quality of life.  He attempted farming, fabric dying, and even weaving.  Sadly, he could not find something to which he could become proficient at.

One day a merchant entered into the village to sell his wares.  Impressed at the way in which the young man was able to articulate a deal, the merchant invited him to join him on his journeys across the land.  With the promise that the young man would one day be returning to the small village, and that the money he made would come back to his family, the man hungrily agreed to the idea of adventure.

Me and Lisa (work acquaintance) on top of Torrey's Peak)He knew that he would miss the friends he become dear to and also his loving family.  However, the idea of making a fortune while traveling the world was too much for the young man to possibly pass up.  Packing his bags, the young man said his goodbyes to both family and friends, picked up his things, and left, not knowing what he would find outside of what he had understood his entire world to be.

Skydog on Torrey's PeakThrough the years of travel, the young man matured and grew into a fine man.

All the while, he experienced wonders he never imagined where possible.  He saw groups of people from places he could not even pronounce and heard words spoken he could not understand.All the while, the man become stronger and smarter.  His mind was expanded to the greater expanse of the world.  It wasn’t for many years that he finally returned to his small village.

Me on top of Grey's PeakWhen the man finally returned home, he was greeted with great respect and admiration.  Everyone wanted to know more about the travels and the wonders he had seen.  With great vigor and detail the man explained all of it.  Someone finally asked the man if anything he had done could compare to climbing the large peak behind their village.

With a wide smile, the man explained that, while the people he met and the places he visited did not compare, he did climb a much larger mountain.  However, because none of the villagers knew about this mountain or if it was, in fact, larger than the one behind their tiny village, they either did not care or did not believe him.  Broken hearted and slightly enraged, the man took the small fortune he made and continued to travel the world, climbing ever larger and higher mountains in hope that one day those back in the tiny village would recognize his great achievements, and maybe even join him.

First Ascent On  Top (Torrey's Peak)

Posted 7/28/2010 at 10:44 PM on Xanga